• Study Night 133

    Study Night 133

    This time, Japanese-English words(“和製英語/わせいえいご”) were the focus of the activity. When English words get around Japan, their meaning frequently changes. These false friends can cause miscommunication. In order to prevent this, let’s study how Japanese-English word depart from their original meaning. In the first part, we translated Japanese-English words. Here …Read More »
  • Study Night 132

    Study Night 132

    Now let’s take a look at what we learned this week! How do you like your house?  Have you ever looked for a new apartment?  This week we learned how to explain house/appartment features by translating example sentences.  You will find the I would like to share some good translations  🙂  …Read More »
  • Graduation Ceremony in Japan

    Graduation Ceremony in Japan

    Hey everyone!! How are you doing? I’m Nanami who volunteered for the Study Night /Benkyoukai until a month ago. I finally came back to Japan. Recently, I attended my friends’ graduation ceremony at my university. Let me tell you how it went. My friends wore Japanese traditional clothes called 袴(はかま). …Read More »
  • Study Night 131

    Study Night 131

    〜になる is often translated as “become” but how it’s actually used is usually one of the following verbs: To be/get/come/go/make/turn/grow/learn.  Using “become” in most situations sounds unnatural or sometimes even incorrect. Conjugation: い-adj → change the い to く and add なる な-adj → drop the な and add になる …Read More »
  • Tokyo Summer Courses 2018

    Tokyo Summer Courses 2018

    Are you planning on studying Japanese during the summer in Tokyo? Take a look at these four great options below:  School Length Cost Summary Shibuya Gaigo Gakuin 10 days Aug 6 – Aug 17 64,800 yen + materials From beginner courses to JLPT N1 3 class hours per day + …Read More »
  • Study Night 130

    Study Night 130

    This time, school rules(“校則こうそく”) was the activity of choice. Did your school have strict or strange school rules? Having school rules is obviously important for students to make them disciplined and to maintain order. However, there are a lot of weird, strict or funny school rules all over the world. …Read More »
  • Study Night 129

    Study Night 129

    We at Yokoso gave out cookies, small cupcakes, and doughnuts as White Day gifts. Also, one of the participates brought delicious croissants for everyone. He actually did so on Valentine’s Day as well! Thank you so much for your generosity. Let me tell you about White Day. You might have …Read More »
  • Study Night 128

    Study Night 128

    Everyone had a childhood. Growing up, doing fun child stuff, learning new things everyday. In order to help child’s growth or maybe to protect them or for some other reasons, parents create rules or create extracurricular activities that children would never think of doing. This connects to this week’s activity. …Read More »
  • ARC – Summer 2018 Program (Shinjuku)

    ARC – Summer 2018 Program (Shinjuku)

    ARC school in Shinjuku is offering a 4-week special Japanese summer program including many activities. You will study practical Japanese at the same time as enjoying cultural activities and enjoying your life in Japan. What better way to spend your summer? Program School  ARC Academy Shinjuku Location Class Hours  9:15-12:30 …Read More »
  • Study Night 127

    Study Night 127

    This time, compliments (褒める) were the activity of choice. Are you good at complimenting? In Japan, we don’t usually compliment in conversation whereas often Canadians do. We (Japanese people) are not good at it. But it is very important to compliment during a conversation in order to make it smooth, …Read More »
  • Study Night 126

    Study Night 126

    First, what we did yesterday was あいうえお作文 さくぶんand かるた.  So I’m going to show you what あいうえお作文 is. Here’s one example.  お題だい「おかあさん」The topic「mother」 あ ありがとう  Thank you い いつも  always う 美うつくしい beautiful え 笑顔えがおの smiling お お母かあさん mother It’s a message for mother’s day showing appreciation to mothers. Usually we make あいうえお作文 related to …Read More »
  • Benkyokai 125

    Benkyokai 125

    February 14th. is St. Valentines Day! A special celebration of love! In Canada we all give or receive gifts from loved ones but in Japan it’s a day for women to show their love (or thanks) towards men. Just so you know, Japan does have a day called “White day” …Read More »
  • Study Night 124

    Study Night 124

    Today, we talked about our future using the subjunctive form (called 仮定法かていほう in Japanese) and made sentences. I will explain a little bit about that grammar first. The subjunctive is used to explore conditional or imaginary situations that don’t actually exist. Here is an example: “If I were you, I …Read More »
  • Growing up in Japan: Parenting Lies

    Growing up in Japan: Parenting Lies

    Most of us have stories about the lies our parents used to tell us when we were kids to get us to behave or simply to have fun at our expense. One very popular such story on the internet is of someone’s dad telling them the ice cream truck had …Read More »
  • Study Night 123

    Study Night 123

    First of all, let me tell you about what we learned this session (yesterday). We focused on one grammar point: “Something that has happened previously“, we say “したことがある。” in Japanese (done something). do verb(simple past, affirmative)した+ことがある ある can be conjugated into a negative form as well. Either polite or casual. …Read More »
  • Study Night 122

    Study Night 122

      Time, cooking(料理) is the activity of choice. Do you like cooking? I chose this topic because of two objectives. One is to learn how to describe cooking in English and Japanese such as ingredients(onion, beef, carrot .etc) and ways to cook(shimmer, stir fry, boil .etc). When you go to …Read More »
  • Misaki Town Full Time ALT Position

    Misaki Town Full Time ALT Position

    Description This opening is for a full-time position as an assistant language teacher (ALT) in Misaki Town, Okayama Prefecture starting April 2018, with the initial contract finishing at the beginning of March 2019. Misaki Town has had a fruitful sister-city relationship with Thames in New Zealand for many years. During …Read More »
  • Tohoku Series: The Rice Paddy Art of Inakadate

    Tohoku Series: The Rice Paddy Art of Inakadate

    Rice. What could be more quintessentially Japanese? This is exactly what the revitalising committee of the small Aomori village of Inakadate thought back in 1993 when they decided what to invest in to bring in more tourists.  At first, using two different types of rice plants, they created a simple …Read More »
  • Benkyokai 121

    Benkyokai 121

    “Self-introduction”. Apparently this is very Japanese thing, but in Japan when group of people get together they are highly likely to present a “self-introduction” consisting of your name and some relevant (or irrelevant) information about yourself to each other. In Vancouver, this kind of activity could happen in an ESL class, …Read More »
  • Let’s カフェ!

    Let’s カフェ!

      As a card-carrying member of my generation, I use the internet for work, for play, and to fill the empty void. So that’s where Starbucks comes in! My white-knight-weird-mermaid-creature in shining armour – or shining scales… or something? Anyway, luckily for me and other internet-ers, you can find スタバ …Read More »
  • Study Night 120

    Study Night 120

    Yesterday, we persuaded each other of our opinions. We have 6 statements below. In the Study Night, there were some awesome suggestions.   I like dogs better than cats. Agree (like cats):  don’t require me to work, cute Objection (like dogs): loyal, friendly, cute, lovely   日本(にほん)に行(い)くなら東京(とうきょう)より大阪(おおさか)に行(い)きたい Agree (go to …Read More »
  • Study Night 119

    Study Night 119

    Firstly, I would like to introduce about the Japanese new year. Actually this picture (right) my brother took on January 2nd in Kyoto. It is the shrine 北野天満宮きたのてんまんぐう. As you can see, we go to shrines to pray for the new year and show appreciation for the last year between …Read More »
  • Study Night 118

    Study Night 118

    This time, the quiz for “大晦日”(the end of the year) and “お正月”(the beginning of the new year) was the activity of choice. The attendees filled in the blank and translated into the other language. The quiz we had is below. Take a look. ————————————————————————————————————————————— e.g. E: The greeting of the …Read More »
  • Japanese Calligraphy: Brushes, Ink, and Inner Peace

    Japanese Calligraphy: Brushes, Ink, and Inner Peace

    If you’ve ever tried your hand at Japanese calligraphy, you’ve probably felt the frustration of ruining a perfectly nice piece with a wayward blot of ink and the elation of copying the characters just right all the way to the last one.  To many, there is something almost meditative about …Read More »
  • Christmas Party 2017 (Study Night 117)

    Christmas Party 2017 (Study Night 117)

    We started off the evening ordering food, drinks and playing trivia to get the conversation flowing. The trivia ended up being harder than we originally expected. Does that mean that people nowadays don’t sing Christmas carols as much as they used to? Take a look below at the trivia sheet …Read More »
  • Study Night 116

    Study Night 116

    Yesterday, we made funny sentences that imitate Siri (the A.I. hiding inside the iPhone). To do that, we have to use polite language or 敬語(けいご)in Japanese. That is a little bit difficult even for Japanese people. In Japanese, we have 3 types of 敬語(けいご). We have to use the appropriate …Read More »
  • Study Night 115

    Study Night 115

      Yesterday, the activity was about metaphors (隠喩). Metaphors are a really fun way to make a conversation interesting. You often see tons of various metaphors around you. Like books, TV and even just in daily conversation. Some of them are easy to understand but some seemingly don’t make sense …Read More »
  • J&F Plaza Accommodation

    J&F Plaza Accommodation

    J&F Plaza ー Sharehouses, Apartments In Japan If you are planning to go to Japan for work, study or maybe just long term travel and would like to find your own place to stay, J&F Plaza is a great place to start your search. They have locations across Japan and if …Read More »
  • Shirakawago: Tradition and Community

    Shirakawago: Tradition and Community

    It’s 5:30am and the sun will rise soon.  As luck would have it, I’m still jetlagged so I wake up on my own just in time for a solitary walk.  Dressed in the yukata of my ryokan, I make my way out, the clip-clopping of my geta the only sound …Read More »
  • Study Night 114

    Study Night 114

    For this week’s activity, I picked some “words/sayings with colors in them”. Yes it sounds weird so why don’t we move on to the questions we had, which shall explain it self more than anything else. Out of the        : unexpected         with envy: jealous or envious Caught        -handed: clearly …Read More »